Do you have time to trek Everest Base Camp in July?
Are you confused if you should go trekking in the monsoon in Nepal or not?
Here we are to give you every information you might need to trek Everest Base Camp in July.
July is monsoon in Nepal and is the off-season for trekking. Since the trails will be wet and muddy, it is definitely not easy as a piece of cake.
However, it doesn’t rain the whole day in Nepal, except for very few days. Usually, it rains in the evening and the whole night. But in the morning and the day, it is sunny.
After it rains the whole night, the weather clears out to give you an astonishing view of the mountains.
As you go up in the altitude, the rainfall decreases. So, it will only rain a bit in upper elevations.
If you have proper gears and clothing, then trekking to Everest Base Camp in July will be full of adventure and fun.
Table of Content
- Why trek Everest Base Camp in July?
- Everest Base Camp Weather in July
- Packing List
- Tips for Trekking in July
- Alternatives to Everest Base Camp Trek
Why trek Everest Base Camp in July?
Here are the reasons why you should trek to Everest Base camp in monsoon:
It is the off-season. There won’t be many people to trek and the trails will be empty of human lives.
You will have the trails and tea houses or lodges to yourself.
If you do not enjoy crowds and are looking for a quiet time with nature, you are good for trekking in July.
It is not that the cloud will totally obstruct your view in July. No.
As it rains in the evening and at the night, you can get the spectacular view of the mountains in the morning.
In July, the vegetation is greener and the air is clean. You can expect lustrous green forest with pretty flowers and wild berries along the way.
You can get to see the amazing biodiversity along your journey.
In July, expect a lot of offseason discounts.
You can get cheaper flights to Nepal. You can get cheaper accommodation.
Usually, the rate of tea houses and lodges will be fixed. It is so because they need to transport everything from the lower altitude. But, if you ask politely, then you may even get a hot shower for free.
You will definitely be in luck for money if you travel in offseason in Nepal.
Another plus point is that you can easily get rooms in the lodges. You will get special attention and delicious food than in the peak season.
Saune Sankranti is the first of the month Shrawan in Nepal. It falls on mid-July.
After the plantation in Asadh, the farmers wash off the mud and proceed to eat delicious things on this day.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Parvati had fasted in order to get Lord Shiva as her husband. So, following that, unmarried females fast on Mondays of Shrawan to get a suitable groom. The married ones fast for the longevity of their husbands.
The women go to temples, especially Pashupatinath to pay their respect to Lord Shiva.
You can see the females wearing green saree or kurtas, green bangles, and henna in their hands.
You can see a new culture of Nepal in this month.
Two weeks after Saune Sankranti, Nepalese people celebrate porridge day. You can try the delicious sweet rice and milk porridge.
Everest Base Camp Weather in July
July is the wettest month in Nepal. However, it seldom rains the whole day. Usually, it rains in the evening and at the night.
The higher you go, lesser will be the precipitation. So, there will be less rainfall in higher altitude. Places over 4000m altitude will have very little rain.
It will be very warm at the Everest Base Camp. The temperature can go high up to 17℃ (62℉) and can fall low to 2℃ (36℉) at night.
A zero degree sleeping bag will be enough for you. If you want, you can even ask for a blanket at the lodge.
Do not stay in tents.
For more detail: Everest Base Camp Weather
- DEET containing bug spray
- Rain jacket
- Rain trousers
- Rain backpack cover
- Trekking Poles (very important)
- Waterproof Shoes/ Gaiters
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Waterproof hiking glasses
- Down and Fleece Jackets
- Warm Cap (for the night)
- Mobile phone
- Portable charger
- Head Torch
- Water Bottle
- Water Purifying Tablets
- Sleeping Bag
- Trash Bag
- Personal Hygiene Kits: Shampoo, Sponge, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toilet paper.
- Sun Hat
- Lip Balm
- Quick Drying Towels
- Washing Powder
- Medical Kit
- Notebook and Pen
For more detail: EBC packing list
Tips for Trekking in July
Keep yourself updated with the weather. You can never be sure of the weather in higher altitudes.
There are also chances of flight cancellation. So, keep some leisure days not to cram up everything at the last.
Needless to say, carry almost everything that is waterproof. Jackets, trousers, boots, bag covers etc.
You can bring gaiters with yourself. We would suggest carrying trekking poles without a fail.
Anti-leech spray or salt
There might be leeches on your way in the lower altitudes. Carry spray containing DEET (Diethyl Meta Toluamide).
If you don’t have that, you can also use salt to sprinkle on it. They will die of dehydration.
Wear long pants and skip the shorts. Keep on checking your legs at times for the leeches.
Hire a guide/porter
We cannot stress the importance of hiring porter/guide enough. Many solo travelers have gone missing and found dead along the way.
Guide/porter can help you if you need help with anything. Language to speak to the natives, show you the way, introduce you to the culture, call for help if you are hurt…and many more.
They do not even cost very much. Plus, you are helping feed their family.
As it usually rains in the evening, It is better to start early and end early. At the evening, you can have hot tea at teahouse to warm yourself.
Alternatives to Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Three High Pass Trek
The Everest Three High Pass Trek consists of three high altitude passes: Renjo La Pass (5,465m), Cho La Pass (5,420m) and Kongma La Pass (5,535m). These are not included in the normal 14-day trek.
You need to have a high stamina for this 16-day trek. It consists of different places and lakes, along with the usual trail. You can even see the highest freshwater lake in the world, Gokyo Lakes.
Everest View Trek
Do you have a less time to watch panorama of mountains including Mt. Everest?
Do you want to avoid the high altitudes?
Then, this 7-day Everest View Trek is for you.
Not exceeding the altitude of 3956 meters, you can watch Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Thamserku.